May 13, 2015 – Rutherford County Property Assessor Press Release regarding 2015-2016 Budget

The Rutherford County Assessor Rob Mitchell will present his 2015-2016 budget to the Rutherford County budget committee Thursday, May 21st, 2015.

“Upon detailed review and thoughtful consideration of the needs of the citizens of Rutherford County, and careful examination of the recovering market conditions in Rutherford County, the Assessor of Property 2015-2016 budget will reflect a modest and conservative 3% increase above last year’s budget.

As we come out of the recent “great recession” other county departments are adding new positions or filling vacant positions.  It will be necessary for the Assessor’s office to follow this trend.

The  Assessor’s Office has demonstrated a verifiable history of efficient use of taxpayer’s dollars.  We returned $750,000 back to the County General Fund account over the last two budgets cycles and resisted the “use it or lose it” attitude which is prevalent in government today.  Our proposed budget reflects that commitment and we will continue to look for ways to improve our processes moving forward.

The citizens of Rutherford County have a clear vision of how they expect the valuation and assessment of their property is to be conducted.  The Assessor’s Office has earned the trust of the citizens of Rutherford County and proven to the County Commission the Property Assessor’s Offices ability to conduct these valuations in an efficient and professional manner and perform at the highest professional standards.  The Assessor’s Office is undertaking the laborious International Association of Assessing Officers Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration program.  Only 27 other offices (other offices in the State of Tennessee?) have achieved this designation out of tens of thousands of jurisdictions nationally.

The increase of 3% is well below the average recommended increase of 13.3% proposed by Mayor Ernest Burgess of other County General Fund departments. The Assessor’s Office respectfully requests that our budget be approved as submitted; the County welfare and performance of the department requiring this modest increase.  Draconian cuts to the budget of the department which provides 34% of the revenue for the overall county budget and the majority of funds for county schools should be avoided.  To act otherwise would negatively impact the ability of the office to continue to provide the level of service the citizens of Rutherford County have come to expect.”

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